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Day School: Exploring Colonial Melodrama

Isaach De Bankolé as Protée with Cécile Ducasse as the young France in Chocolat

Mechanics Institute Library, Bradford

Saturday 14 March, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford

The legacy of empire and colonisation lies uneasily across contemporary Europe and provides a rich source of story ideas for filmmakers. In particular, the melodrama, with its focus on relationships, seems uniquely suited for an exploration of the themes of oppression and the clash of cultures. The colonised must choose to resist or to acquiesce or, perhaps, attempt to join the the coloniser and be ‘accepted’. These questions of identity are still being raised in the ‘post-colonial world’ after the independence of most European colonies between the 1940s and the 1970s. Colonial melodramas which thrived in the colonial period are still being produced in the post-colonial world.

The day will focus mainly, but not completely, on European films. Our full screening will be Chocolat (France-West Germany-Cameroon 1988). This début film by Claire Denis uses all the elements of the colonial melodrama but presents them largely from a child’s perspective resulting in a more distanced critique. Denis herself was brought up in Africa as the daughter of a colonial civil servant in the 1950s and several of her films address identity in colonial and post-colonial settings. 

Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Tickets are £18 and £12 concessions.

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C.U.L.T Film Night: Sea Without Shore

Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford

Tuesday 25 February, 7.30pm

Reel Solutions and Kala Sangam have joined forces once again to bring the best of world cinema to Bradford. Taking place on the last Tuesday of every month, our C.U.L.T film night looks to present stories from around the globe.

From thought provoking documentary to high stakes drama that grabs at your emotions, C.U.L.T Film Nights take you on a journey across all four corners of the earth.

The first film of the year will be Sea Without Shore, a rhythmically captivating exploration of love and loss at the fin de siècle. The film tells the story of an amorous relationship between two women abruptly cut short.

Dissolving under the impact of the loss of her soul mate, the surviving lover is drawn into the depths of mid-winter forests, into spheres of the subconscious, initiated by unknown forces.

All Kala Sangam film screenings are now Pay What You Decide, which means you don’t have to pay until after you have seen the film.

We want to encourage more people to come and see films at Kala Sangam, more often. Pay What You Decide not only allows you to pay what you can afford, rather than a fixed ticket price, but also removes the financial risk of buying a ticket for a film in advance without knowing whether you are going to enjoy it or not.

Tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the film. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience, which means if you haven’t enjoyed it at all, you don’t have to pay anything.

Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the film starts in order to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, either by cash or card on the door.

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Posted in Screenings by / February 11th, 2020 / No Comments »

Day School: An Introduction to South Korean Cinema and the World of Bong Joon-ho

Parasite (South Korea, 2019)

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Saturday 22 February, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford

Our next Day School takes us to Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, where we will take advantage of their screening programme to offer you an introduction to the South Korean cinema and the world of director Bong Joon-ho.

It is quite a while since we looked at South Korean cinema, which re-emerged as a vibrant industry towards the end of the 1990s with a large number of ‘blockbusters’ of different kinds in the domestic market.

Although these were recognised by festivals and fans of East Asian cinema, it wasn’t really until the major Korean directors made films in English that their films became better known in the UK. But it’s the Korean language films that are the best and you might remember The Handmaiden by Park Chan-wook in 2017. 

Parasite by Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019 and has been a massive success in both France and North America with 6 Oscar nominations. We will look back at a range of Bong films from different genres, but always with his signature focus on the concept of family and the development of a social commentary.

The usual ticket prices of £18 and £12 concessions apply for this event and includes a full screening of the film Parasite, likely to become the biggest box-office foreign language film of 2020.

Square Chapel is very close to Halifax Railway Station and not far from the Bus Station. There are several car parks not far away and the venue has a bar/café/restaurant.

Please note: You must book your tickets for this event direct from the Square Chapel website.

If you can’t book online, or have any queries about the venue, you can contact the box office on 01422 349 422.

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